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Armory Center for the Arts
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Adapting to Climate Change’s Devastating Impact on Global Weather

August 22, 2015

The surge in recent years of extreme weather events linked to climate change is unprecedented in our lifetime. Canadian filmmaker Melanie Wood captures this alarming trend in her important new documentary, Weather Gone Wild36-Weather-Gone-Wild-Static-Title-600x337, this month’s Conscientious Projector feature screening on Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. The Dreamfilm Productions project for CBC-TV visits various cities around the world to highlight the many vital and winning efforts to adapt to the damage that climate change has already wrought and to prepare for destructive patterns yet to come. The program will also include two short films on the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a national grassroots advocacy organization, which has made significant inroads in legislation, activism and education to effect change and raise public awareness on climate realities.

Robert Haw of the Pasadena-Foothills CCL chapter facilitates a community discussion following the films. Other local climate scientists and activists dedicated to making significant climate policy change will also be in attendance. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Zero Waste: To Everything There Is a Repurpose

July 12, 2015

cropped-main_hero_02.2015“Reduce, reuse and recycle” are longstanding watchwords of environmentalism. This month’s Conscientious Projector selection Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste invites us as citizens and communities to take these essential practices even further by considering what we throw away as “resources” rather than “garbage” and finding new solutions to the global problem of waste.

Filmmakers Diana Fuller and Christopher Beaver’s inspiring, informative film focuses on San Francisco’s innovative zero waste program, which is on schedule to meet its goal of a 100% waste-free city by 2020. Similar projects have been initiated in cities around the U.S., including Pasadena and Los Angeles.  This forward-leaning documentary will screen on Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. 

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. 

Conscientious Projector to Screen Aluna for the Old Pasadena Film Festival

June 16, 2015

Join us for the stirring documentary AlunaMV5BMjE3MDczMzIwMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzY1NDExOQ@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_ (translated as “the mind inside nature”), this month’s Conscientious Projector feature screening on Thursday, July 9, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts as part of the Old Pasadena Film Festival.  In 1990, noted British author, historian and filmmaker Alan Ereira’s classic BBC documentary From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning was first broadcast. It brought global attention to the centuries-old indigenous Kogi tribe, an ancient “lost” Colombian civilization previously unknown to the rest of the world, who saw themselves as guardians of the earth. Their emergence came with a warning that their “younger brother,” the people of the modern world, are destroying the planet’s ecosystems through their plundering of nature. In recent years, Ereira returned to the Kogi to document their renewed call for humanity to recognize the interconnectedness of all life, a message they brought to New York City in their first venture into the “civilized” world. The result is Aluna.

A community discussion follows. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

It’s a Cowspiracy: How Animal Agriculture Drives Climate Change

May 15, 2015

1416516086448What poses the biggest threat to Earth’s life-giving systems? According to Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, Conscientious Projector’s film for Thursday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m., the leading cause of global climate change is not fossil fuels, but meat, a.k.a. the animal agriculture industry. Releasing 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions, the production of meat for human consumption is the world’s largest driver of rainforest destruction, water depletion, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean dead zones and virtually every other environmental ill. That corporate media has largely failed to report this should come as no surprise, but the film also challenges the environmental movement for its silence on the subject. Filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn show no such hesitation, whether confronting reluctant mainstream environmentalists and industry defenders, or suggesting a global shift to a more plant-based diet as a means for humans to live healthier and cool our overheated plane.

The film will be shown at Armory Center for the Arts.  NOTE: The film contains brief but graphic images that may be inappropriate for viewing by young children.

Yvonne LeGrice of Vegan Outreach leads a community discussion following the film, which is being shown through the generous assistance of the advocacy group VegFund, supporting vegan activism. Arrive early to sample some delicious vegan munchables. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Conscientious Projector for May, 2015: The Impact of Overpopulation on Planet Earth

April 17, 2015
MV5BMjcxMjU5MDAwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDkyMjIzOA@@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_This month’s Conscientious Projector feature documentary, Mother: Caring for 7 Billionbrings to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, economic, humanitarian and social crises–global population growth. The groundbreaking, award-winning film screens on Thursday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.

Filmmaker Christophe Fauchére and a bevy of international experts and scientists examine the doubling of the number of people on Earth in the past 50 years and boldly address the reluctance of governments and societies to confront the problem due to its polarizing attendant factors of religion, economics, overconsumption, family planning and gender equality. Paul Erlich, author of the classic The Population Bomb and one of the film’s participants, has said, “Mother is a beautifully crafted and unique film that dispels the myths from business leaders and government that we can grow forever.”

 

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

The Human Cost of Fracking

March 16, 2015

Groundswell RisingOn Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector joins the national conversation and protest over the tragic damage to people and the environment caused by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, with a screening of the new documentary Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and WaterThe Resolution Pictures feature by the veteran producing-directing team of brothers Matt and Renard Cohen will show at Armory Center for the Arts. Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo has said of the film, “Besides the incredible information on fracking’s detriment to our health it is also a great look into what it is like to live in a town with fracking in the backyard. This film should be watched by everyone on the side of industry and those considering leasing their land to the gas companies. Plain and simply, it’s the human side of this debate.”

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

A Sustainable Future for the Amazon?

February 16, 2015

sharkposter-230x349This month’s Conscientious Projector selection, Shark Loves the Amazon, takes us to the Amazon for a look at what it will take to protect the world’s largest but endangered rainforest and support the millions of people who now live there.  The film will show on Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. 

Many still think of the Amazon as a land populated primarily by indigenous people surrounded by exotic flora and fauna, but that’s no longer a fully accurate picture. More than twenty million Brazilians have migrated there in recent decades and are themselves struggling to survive amidst modern challenges presented by deforestation, the free market economy, climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Author Mark London (The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization, written with journalist Brian Kelly) offers an updated analysis and a vision for a sustainable future for the region. NOTE: The “Shark” mentioned in the title refers to Mark, who is also an attorney.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

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